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International signing day: Top prospect tracker

July 6, 2018

Welcome to July 2, the start of the international signing period, and the date unofficially known in baseball circles as "international signing day." It's the day careers are launched and the lives of teenage ballplayers across the globe are changed forever.:: 2018 International Signing Period ::As is the case every

Welcome to July 2, the start of the international signing period, and the date unofficially known in baseball circles as "international signing day." It's the day careers are launched and the lives of teenage ballplayers across the globe are changed forever.
:: 2018 International Signing Period ::
As is the case every year, what happens between today and when the period ends June 15, 2019, can help change the trajectory of a franchise. Consider this: Five of the top six prospects in the game -- Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr., Blue Jays outfielder Vladimir Guerrero Jr., White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez, Padres outfielder Fernando Tatis Jr. and Nationals outfielder Victor Robles -- were all signed during the international signing period. Players like Yankees infielder Gleyber Torres and Nats outfielder Juan Soto were also acquired through the international market, and more talent is on the way.
In addition to prospects from traditional baseball hot spots like the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Venezuela, Brazil and the Bahamas, there are also prospects from places like Europe, the Caribbean islands and Asia who have registered and will sign during the period. In all, more than 950 prospects signed during the previous international signing period that started July 2, 2017. That number could increase during the 2018-19 period because there are thousands who have registered to become eligible.
Below is a look at which players from MLB Pipeline's Top 30 International Prospects list have agreed to terms with clubs, and for how much. Unless otherwise noted, clubs have not confirmed the deals.
The market is still to be determined for players like No. 9 Osiel Rodriguez and No. 14 Sandy Gaston, who have yet to agree to deals. Kevin Alcantara, who is ranked No. 10, Eduardo Garcia (No. 20) and Alexander Ramirez (No. 24) will not be eligible to sign until after July 2 when they turn 16.
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1. Diego Cartaya*, C, Venezuela -- Dodgers ($2,500,000) More »

  1. Marco Luciano*, OF, Dominican Republic -- Giants ($2,600,000) More »
  2. Misael Urbina*, OF, Venezuela -- Twins (2,750,000) More »
  3. Orelvis Martinez*, SS, Dominican Republic -- Blue Jays ($3,500,000) More »
  4. Richard Gallardo*, RHP, Venezuela -- Cubs ($1,000,000) More »
  5. Gabriel Rodriguez*, SS, Venezuela -- Indians ($2,100,000) More »
  6. Noelvi Marte*, SS, Dominican Republic -- Mariners ($1,550,000) More »
  7. Starlyn Castillo*, RHP, Dominican Republic -- Phillies ($1,600,000) More »
  8. Osiel Rodriguez, RHP, Cuba -- Yankees More »
  9. Kevin Alcantara, SS, Dominican Republic -- Yankees More »
  10. Antonio Gomez*, C, Venezuela -- Yankees ($600,000) More »
  11. Junior Sanquintin*, SS, Dominican Republic -- Indians ($1,250,000) More »
  12. Francisco Alvarez*, C, Venezuela -- Mets ($2,700,000) More »
  13. Sandy Gaston, RHP, Cuba
  14. Jose De La Cruz*, OF, Dominican Republic -- Tigers (1,800,000) More »
  15. Alvin Guzman*, OF, Dominican Republic -- D-backs (1,850,000) More »
  16. Jose Lopez*, OF, Dominican Republic -- Cubs ($1,500,000) More »
  17. Eduarqui Fernandez*, OF, Dominican Republic -- Brewers ($1,100,000) More »
  18. Adinso Reyes*, SS, Dominican Republic -- Tigers ($1,450,000) More »
  19. Eduardo Garcia, SS, Venezuela -- Brewers More »
  20. Jose Rodriguez*, C, Venezuela -- Rangers ($2,000,000) More »
  21. Alejandro Pie*, SS, Dominican Republic -- Rays ($1,400,000) More »
  22. Eduardo Lopez*, OF, Dominican Republic -- Red Sox ($1,150,000) More »
  23. Alexander Ramirez, OF, Dominican Republic -- Angels More »
  24. Freddy Valdez*, OF, Dominican Republic -- Mets ($1,450,000) More »
  25. Branlyn Jaraba*, SS, Colombia -- Brewers ($1,100,000) More »
  26. Luis Matos*, OF, Venezuela -- Giants ($725,000) More »
  27. Joel Machado*, LHP, Venezuela -- Cubs ($850,000) More »
  28. Denny Larrondo*, RHP, Cuba -- Yankees ($550,000) More »
  29. Jerming Rosario, RHP, Dominican Republic -- Dodgers ($600,000) More »
    Complete list with scouting reports, grades, video and more »
    Indicates signing is official
    The rules:
    An international player is eligible to sign with a Major League team between July 2 through June 15 of the next year if he is 17 or will turn 17 by the end of the first season of his contract.
    Clubs that receive a Competitive Balance Pick in Round B of the MLB Draft receive a pool of $6,025,400, while clubs that receive a Competitive Balance Pick in Round A of the Draft receive $5,504,500. All other clubs receive $4,983,500.
    Teams are allowed to trade as much of their international pool money as they would like but can only acquire 75 percent of a team's initial pool amount. Additionally, signing bonuses of $10,000 or less do not count toward a club's bonus pool, and foreign professional players who are at least 25 years of age and have played in a foreign league for at least six seasons are also exempt.
    Under the previous Collective Bargaining Agreement, teams were allowed to exceed their bonus pool, but would face a penalty for doing so. Under the new CBA, the spending pools are a "hard cap" and cannot be exceeded. However, the A's, Astros, Braves, Cardinals, Nationals, Padres, Reds and White Sox all exceeded their pools under the previous CBA and their penalties were grandfathered in. As a result, none of those teams are permitted to sign an individual player for more than $300,000 this period.
    *Complete bonus rules
    The pools:
    $6,025,400: Reds, Marlins, Brewers, Twins, Athletics, Rays
    $5,504,500: D-backs, Orioles, Indians, Rockies, Royals, Pirates, Padres
    $5,004,500: Cardinals
    $4,983,500: Braves, Red Sox, Cubs, White Sox, Tigers, Astros, Angels, Dodgers, Yankees, Mets, Mariners, Giants, Rangers, Blue Jays, Nationals
    $3,949,000: Phillies
    The Teams:
    The Blue Jays, Brewers, D-backs, Mariners, Phillies, Rangers, Red Sox, Tigers, Twins and Yankees are expected to be busy as the period opens. The Cubs, Dodgers, Giants and Royals -- teams that will no longer be in the penalty for exceeding their past international bonus pool spending -- are also expected to be very active.
    The A's, Astros, Braves, Cardinals, Nationals, Padres, Reds and White Sox are in the maximum penalty, and cannot sign an individual player for more than $300,000 this period.
    Here's a look at players outside the Top 30 who have agreed to deals for $300,000 or more:
    Darwin Moreno, OF, Venezuela -- $575,000
    Yohander Martinez, SS, Venezuela -- $300,000
    Miguel Palma, C, Venezuela -- $300,000
    Cristian Gonzalez, SS, Dominican Republic -- $300,000
    Roberto Garza, RHP, Mexico -- $300,0000
    Erys Bautista, OF, Dominican Republic -- $500,000
    Rafael Martinez, CF, Venezuela -- $435,000
    Carlos Roa, SS, Venezuela -- $385,000
    Jhonny Cabrera, C, Venezuela -- $300,000
    Malcom Nunez, 3B, Cuba -- $300,000
    Rafael Morel, SS, Dominican Republic -- $850,000
    Yohendrick Pinango, OF, Venezuela -- $400,000
    Abraham Calzadilla, RHP, Venezuela -- $500,000
    Diomedes Sierra, LHP, Dominican Republic -- $420,000
    Luis Rubio, SS, Venezuela -- $400,000
    Cristian Estrella, OF, Dominican Republic -- $300,000
    Miguel Droz, SS, Venezuela -- $600,000
    Alex De Jesus, INF, Dominican Republic -- $500,000
    Jairo Pomarez, OF, Cuba -- $975,0000
    Sterling Romero, OF, Dominican Republic -- $650,000
    Jesus Lara, SS, Venezuela -- $570,000
    Angel Martinez, SS, Dominican Republic -- 500,000
    Asdrubal Bueno, SS, Venezuela -- $325,000
    Yoelvis Sanchez, OF, Dominican Republic - $400,000
    Christhian, Rodriguez, SS, Venezuela -- $300,000
    Yueri Amparo, OF, Dominican Republic -- $300,000
    Isan Castillo, SS, Dominican Republic -- $300,000
    Jeremy De La Rosa, OF, Dominican Republic -- $300,000
    Daniel Marte, CF, Dominican Republic -- $300,000
    Edwin Mercedes, C, Dominican Republic -- $300,000
    Erick Tejeda, INF, Dominican Republic -- $300,000
    Euribel Angeles, SS, Dominican Republic -- $300,000
    Neifi Antunez,SS, Venezuela -- $300,000
    Charlie Aquino, SS, Dominican Republic --$300,000
    Nerwilian Cedeno, SS, Venezuela -- $300,000
    Josttin Diaz, SS, Dominican Republic -- $300,000
    Reginald Dowston, OF, Dominican Republic -- $300,000
    Albert Fabian, OF, Dominican Republic -- $300,000
    Eduardo Hidalgo, OF, Venezuela -- $300,000
    Francisco Lucumi, RHP, Colombia -- $300,000
    Wilmert Paula, SS, Dominican Republic -- $300,000
    Axcel Peralta, 1B, Dominican Republic -- $300,000
    Alex Ramirez, C, Venezuela -- $300,000
    Emanuel Rodriguez, SS, Dominican Republic -- $300,000
    Edwin Rojas, OF, Venezuela -- $300,000
    Wilfredo Tovar, C, Venezuela -- $300,000
    Jose Velez, OF, Dominican Republic -- $300,000
    Alexeis Azuaje, INF, Venezuela -- $450,000
    Joalbert Angulo, LHP, Venezuela -- $425,000
    Andrick Nava, C, Venezuela -- $400,000
    Javier Vina, C, Venezuela -- $300,000
    Osvaldo Gavilan, OF, Dominican Republic -- $700,000
    Luis Tejada, INF, Dominican Republic -- $500,000
    Sergio Campana, OF, Dominican Republic -- $500,000
    Daniel Lopez, SS, Dominican Republic -- $400,000
    Juan Jerez, INF, Dominican Republic -- $380,000
    Adrian Mendez, LHP, Venezuela -- $355,000
    Orlando Chivilli, SS, Dominican Republic -- $350,000
    Luisangel Acuna, INF, Venezuela -- $425,000
    Junior Paniagua, SS, Dominican Republic -- $300,000
    Jhan Zambrano, RHP, Venezuela -- $300,000
    Daury del Rosario, SS, Dominican Republic -- $600,000
    Daniel Gonzalez, LHP, Venezuela -- $400,000
    Bryan Dum, LHP, Venezuela -- $385,000
    Estanli Castillo, OF, Dominican Republic -- $325,000
    Justino Dominguez, RHP, Dominican Republic -- $325,000
    Red Sox
    Eduardo Vaughn, CF, Panama -- $550,000
    Bryan Gonzalez, OF, Dominican Republic -- $500,000
    Giancarlos Santana, CF, Dominican Republic -- $460,000
    Albert Feliz, 3B, Dominican Republic -- $400,000
    Gabriel Jackson, RHP, Dominican Republic -- $350,000
    Naysbel, Marcano, C, Venezuela -- $350,000
    Ronald Pereira, RHP, Venezuela -- $1,000,000
    Warming Bernabel, SS, Dominican Republic -- $900,000
    Pedro Mota, SS, Dominican Republic -- $900,000
    Juan Guerrero, SS, Dominican Republic --$650,000
    Michael James, SS, Dominican Republic -- $350,000
    Mishael Deson, OF, Dominican Republic -- $350,000
    Aiverson Rodriguez, SS, Venezuela -- $305,000
    Wilmin Candelario, SS, Dominican Republic - $847,500
    Omar Florentino, SS, Dominican Republic -- $722,500
    Jaswel De Los Santos, OF, Dominican Republic --$347,500
    Christian Paulino, LHP, Dominican Republic -- $347,500
    Kaito Yuki, RHP, Japan -- $322,500
    Angel Cruz, OF, Dominican Republic -- $400,000
    Geury Estevez, SS, Dominican Republic -- $300,000
    White Sox
    Bryan Ramos, 3B, Cuba -- $300,000
    Harold Diaz, SS, Cuba -- $300,000
    Luis Pineda, C, Venezuela -- $300,000
    Agustin Ramirez, C, Dominican Republic -- $400,000
    Maikol Escotto, SS, Dominican Republic -- $350,000
    Dayro Perez, SS, Dominican Republic -- $350,000
    Juan Carela, LHP, Dominican Republic -- $335,500
    Mauro Bonifacio, RF, Dominican Republic -- $300,000
    D'Vaughn Knowles, OF, Bahamas -- $300,000

Jesse Sanchez, who has been writing for since 2001, is a national reporter based in Phoenix. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB and Facebook.